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Nesbitt to play distraught dad on screen

Irish actor James Nesbitt is set to portray every parent's worst nightmare as the distraught father of a missing five-year-old boy in a gripping new TV series set for America.

The Hobbit actor has the starring role in the eight-part thriller - The Missing - which will air on the US cable channel, Starz, before Christmas.

He is the latest movie star to take a leading role in a US TV series in what is being dubbed the golden age of television.


The Missing centres on the psychological fallout and ensuing years-long manhunt resulting from the sudden disappearance of five-year-old Oliver Hughes while on holiday in France in 2006.

Starz have just announced that the dramatic thriller will air to an American audience in the middle of November following the success of their epic English production Outlander which was watched by an audience of almost one million last weekend.

The Missing also stars actress Frances O'Connor and is helmed by Ripper Street director Tom Shankland.

The gripping drama goes inside the mind of a father, Tony Hughes, played by Nesbitt in his desperate search for his lost son which goes on for years.

With help from local French police detective, Julien Baptiste, played by Goldeneye actor Tcheky Karyo, Tony embarks on an obsessive quest to find his son and those responsible for his disappearance.